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How to Draw Accurately -or- Learning to 'See'
There's a way of seeing that artists use that normal people don't use. People call it "learning to see" or "right brain thinking". Discussion about this is often vague or mystical -- but there is nothing magic about it, it's just a limited set of skills that lots of people pick up (and teach) intuitively, nothing more. These skills are:
1. Recognising whether something is an edge.
2. Judging angle.
3. Judging size.
4. Judging placement.
5. Judging proportion.
6. Judging value.
I'm pretty sure that's all there is to it (for pencil drawing). Okay, so what do these mean, and more importantly, how do you learn these skills?
1. Edge
What: A boundary between shapes. Edges can be hard or soft (soft edges are harder to see). An edge is where you might draw a line if you're doing a line drawing.
How: Most people have a 'good enough' intuition about the location of edges, but it's easier when you know what to look for expli
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The Secret to Composition by Lulie The Secret to Composition :iconlulie:Lulie 8,147 454 The Beginning of Infinity by Lulie The Beginning of Infinity :iconlulie:Lulie 1 2


I won't repeat what others have said in the comments -- I largely agree with their feedback so far. But I can think of one more thing I...

About back lighting: The back would be a lot darker. See the cast shadow? It would be at least as dark as that (because if you think ab...

Hey Si, Story It's not clear what's going on. Is she raptured? Is she dancing? Why are her eyes closed? What are the balls of faint lig...

It would be nice if you had some typical attractive portrait lighting setups (e.g. rembrandt, butterfly, split, etc.), instead of somew...




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4 deviants said Composition Part 2 (values, edges, symbolism)
2 deviants said Something else / more than one – Leave a comment!
1 deviant said Colour Theory: Debunking Myths (everything you've been taught is wrong)
1 deviant said The Secret to Painting Skin (avoid the 'waxy' look! mb also subsurface scattering, hue shifts)
1 deviant said Don't Do This (common mistakes not commonly pointed out)
No deviants said Edges (how to make it not look like a cut-out, or blurry, or boring)
No deviants said Types of Light & Shadows (specular, diffuse, local; cast, form, occlusion)
No deviants said How to Draw a Sphere (simplified head/space tutorial for the super beginner)
No deviants said Secrets to Colour (practical tips & why they work -- contrast, balance, etc)
No deviants said How to Deconstruct a Cartoon Style (draw like your favourite cartoon artists)


Cartoon Mania

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 8, 2010, 11:54 AM

Drawing Updates

Been trying to find a style for my own comic about current events and history (which I may yet someday make). So I've been looking to art that does it well for study. :)

Drawing Thoughts

Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud described a triangular compass of cartoon styles, with its three corners as: realistic (e.g. photos, modern super hero comics, etc.), language/meaning (simplified detail, cartoony), and 'picture pane' (abstract or artistic stuff). The 'meaning' corner looked interesting, because it only kept what was necessary to convey the same meaning, and conciseness = awesome.

humon is very good at this. She has very simplified characters, but every line has a meaning. They have a fantastically large and clear range of expressions, and such dynamic full-of-motion poses that I've rarely ever seen before. Her characters are never stiff: even if they're just standing, they will be slightly slouching, or will be standing straight with their back slightly arched, or whatever suits their personality. You'll notice in this picture, Finland is the only one with a completely straight body, and even that is used to convey personality -- he sticks out:


Also the characters are quite 3D: the heads are clearly spheres that can move in any direction (unlike silly anime where there are a couple different angles where it's possible to draw a head). I think her style has a lot of knowledge in it, so I'm currently studying it. I may or may not produce a tutorial with what I've learned (depending on whether I can be bothered after I finish learning it, and whether she minds, and whether anyone wants it).

Classical Disney is another style I've been studying. Outstanding. There's so much knowledge in it, I hardly know where to begin. Very 3D, lifelike yet simple and characters. Even the eyes tend to look as though there is really a spherical eyeball under there.

And of course Loomis. Can't be serious if ya don't study Loomis. (Well, you can, but it's harder.)

Featured Drawing Book

Advanced Animation by Preston Blair

Classic cartooning at its best. Unfortunately, they the remake of this book that's in print at the moment is awful. They changed the art and reworded some of the advice and explanations. Fortunately, you can download the original here.

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Leonor Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2017  Professional General Artist
Crit: You are not doing any art anymore. Why?
jaws922 Featured By Owner May 5, 2016

I have been enjoying your splendid artworks. Thank you always for your inspiration.

If you are interested in caricature or you are a caricaturist, visit

You can build a history together with us. Let us unite all caricature living creatures in the world~~!!

lordmep Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for watching MenHaveRights. However, because the group gets so little traffic, I recommend going to Facts-not-feminism
Lulie Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, but that is a somewhat different topic. I know there is overlap, but right now I'm more interested in learning about the MRM. 
lordmep Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Well, ya can't be a proper MRA without opposing the anti-male ideology, so welcome aboard. Facts-not-feminism has pretty regular journal updates which should keep you informed about stuff.
LadyKylin Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist
Thank ya for the watch :)
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for adding How to: Color to your collections. I'm happy that you like it :la:
Lulie Featured By Owner Edited Dec 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for making it! Colour theory is somewhat an obsession of mine. :)

I intend to do some of my own tutorials, and crits of existing material out there (there's a loooot of myths and misconceptions floating around about colour).

If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend this site: -- It's more technical than the also-excellent Gurney book (though less technical than handprint, which is also excellent but dense), but it's the best I've found, and it debunks a lot of myths. 

I could also throw a dozen more links at you if you ever want to add to your list. :)

... Here's a couple that are good on dA:
Light and Color Tutorial by Cpresti Why shadows aren't gray by ArtByRiana

And a bonus interesting one about why to avoid grey, and this concept of 'compartmentalized grisaille' which is a super rad way of thinking about colouring: Chiseled Rocks: The Color Gray
(courtesy of arenhaus, who incidentally is one of the art thinkers I respect the most -- all his articles on art are interesting and helpful, haven't noticed him make conceptual errors, rational approach.)
mushroomsandmanga Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for adding me to the iPad Pro / Apple Pencil group!
Lulie Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for joining!

Mine just arrived yesterday -- omg the hype is real. Everything people have been saying about it is true. (If my family comes looking for me, tell them I'm not dead, I'm just developing RSI...)
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